On the coming fight to keep the health care bill intact: "It gives us Democrats a further chance to talk sense into the American people." -Michigan Rep. Sander Levin, quoted in Politico. Well, gee, aren't we all just dying to have things carefully explained to us until we understand the rationale just as well as the politicians? After all, we can't oppose the bill because we dislike the expansion of government power, it has to be because we don't understand. Gah.
Look, the proposal to repeal health care will of course die in the Senate, and we'll have two more years of Republicans talking about how it erodes our national freedom and Democrats blathering about how nothing less will do. But the Democrats could at least pretend not to be talking down to the American people while they're selling it. Condescension is, after all, a surefire way to win support from a skeptical public.